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Latrobe workers approve new pact.

Latrobe workers approve new pact

Bottlers, brewers and drivers at Latrobe Brewing Co., makers of Rolling Rock Beer, approved a new labor agreement calling for a $2.25 hourly increase over three years and improved benefits for the employees.

Members of Locals 22, 67 and 144 of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers approved the pact last week by a vote of 96-26. The contract, which was approved 4 1/2 months early, is effective immediately and expires August 1, 1993.

"Everything went well and we have a very good contract," said Barry Vitula, shop steward, Local 144.

"We have experienced four years of steady sales increases in a flat market. Combined with the innovative and well-funded sales and marketing programs, our employees have been very instrumental in helping to achieve this success," said Al Spinelli, vice president of operations, Labatt's USA, parent company of Latrobe Brewing.

Union officials said maintaining a quality product is the secret of the brewery's ability to increase beer sales during a depressed market period.

Sales rose nine percent in fiscal 1989 and are expected to increase another 15 percent in the fiscal year ending April 30, said Spinelli.

"Even when times were tough we had people putting money into the plant to make it a state-of-the-art brewery," he said.

Spinelli would not divulge the number of barrels produced at the Westmoreland, PA, plant. He said Rolling Rock's biggest gains during the past year have been in New England.
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Title Annotation:Latrobe Brewing Co.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Apr 2, 1990
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